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iOS 5 Camera: Volume Shutter, Lock Screen, Remote Triggering

Apple added a number of new features to the camera in iOS 5, as more and more users drop their point-and-shoot digital cameras in favor of the increasingly powerful cameras built-in to smartphones.

For users looking to take pictures quickly, when the phone is locked, simply press the home button twice -- then press the camera icon that appears to be taken directly to the camera. This works even when the phone is locked with a passcode.

Apple's engineers also added a feature that caused Camera+, a popular camera app, to be banned from the App Store for four months. Users of Apple's standard camera application can press the volume-up button to take a snapshot, rather than pressing the shutter button on the touchscreen. This makes the iPhone more like a standard camera, with the shutter release on the top.


Finally, as a corollary to the volume up shutter release, users can also plug in headphones with headphone controls -- like the headphones that are included with the iPhone -- and use the volume up on the headphones as a remote trigger for the camera.

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Posted: 37 months ago
Is there going to be another article on how we can delete individual calls from the call history too?
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 37 months ago
I loved this feature in Camera+. I wonder where all the naysayers are now who claimed such a feature would be "confusing" for the general user and were against it. Now that Apple has implemented it - I am SURE it will be hailed by them as "magical."
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 37 months ago


Finally, as a corollary to the volume up shutter release, users can also plug in headphones with headphone controls -- like the headphones that are included with the iPhone -- and use the volume up on the headphones.


So that's how they got so close to the squirrel.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 37 months ago
I wish they could make this work with a bluetooth headset as well. THAT would be useful.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 37 months ago



Just warn your girlfriends when they go to the bathroom if there is an iPhone propped up on the counter with the headphones going somewhere else. There might be a creeper in the other room taking remote pics of them.


As opposed to an iPhone propped up without headphones recording 1080p video?
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 37 months ago

I loved this feature in Camera+. I wonder where all the naysayers are now who claimed such a feature would be "confusing" for the general user and were against it. Now that Apple has implemented it - I am SURE it will be hailed by them as "magical."


The users who said it was a bad idea were right. It shakes the camera as you’re taking the picture! Much better to use the onscreen button, which triggers gently as you lift your finger off the screen. And yes, having the volume button do double duty (or adding more buttons) is indeed a small amount of added confusion. And all those small confusions add up until you have Android :p

The users who wanted the clicky button for familiarity were right too. They wanted it, so that in itself is an advantage if Apple gives it to them. And those who don’t want it won’t use it.

Very few things in life are pure black or pure white. But one thing IS clear from this: a reminder that Apple very often adapts to what its users want. They listen and change and deliver. Constantly. Or they simply evolve where they were going all along. Either way, everyone forgets it instantly and calls them tyrants all over again. :p

So, is the volume button API public now? It's not fair to 3rd party camera apps if it isn't public.


iOS is designed to benefit the user first, and the developer second. As a user, I’m all for having a better phone whether it’s “fair” to certain niches of apps or not. Having volume buttons that sometimes work and sometimes don’t would be a bad extension of this (more or less) simple feature. If anything, though, it would make sense for Apple to allow this ONLY for taking pictures.

And I think they already do to some extent: the picture-talking interface is available to third-party apps to use, so they should be able to inherit this new feature automatically.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 37 months ago

So that's how they got so close to the squirrel.


lol good thing we all saw the keynote (or the gallery photo) else we'd kinda wonder about that reference ;)
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 37 months ago

I loved this feature in Camera+. I wonder where all the naysayers are now who claimed such a feature would be "confusing" for the general user and were against it.


That was never Apple's issue with the feature. It was the fact that it required use of private APIs which is a no no under the developer rules.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 37 months ago

Well, if there were a self timer on the iPhone, I would NEVER use it unless I'm all by myself in my own room. Why risk having your $650 - $850 piece of equipment taken by a passerby just because you wanted an automatic picture?


If you wanted to make sure that there is absolutely no camera shake, then the timer is a good idea.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 37 months ago

Is there going to be another article on how we can delete individual calls from the call history too?


You can now just swipe any entry to bring up the delete button.
Rating: 2 Votes

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